I am the executive director of Lowell Observatory. Lowell is an independent, non-profit institution located one mile west of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, in a cool Ponderosa pine forest at 7,200′ elevation. Our team of astronomers and planetary scientists conducts research in many areas, and our team of educators brings these discoveries to the public.
From 2004 through 2015, we built the $53,000,000, 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope. This telescope is the flagship of our research facilities and will enhance our ability to conduct research for decades to come.
In late 2024, we will open the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center. This 42,000-square-foot facility will offer advanced exhibits, an indoor theater with a massive LED screen, and a rooftop planetarium where our staff will take guests on tours of Flagstaff’s famously dark skies. After experiencing all this facility has to offer, guests will exit onto our scenic campus for unparalleled stargazing experiences at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory, which opened in 2019.
All are welcome at Lowell’s campus – scholars and the public alike – to explore and enjoy the marvels of the cosmos.